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Our contributors will be continually updating posts to offer commentary, insight, advice, and expert opinions on horse racing and wagering. The goal is to help you win more and become a better all around horse player.

Unique Bella does what's needed in Santa Ysabel |

Story and photos by Scott Shapiro It was not just another stroll in the park, but the Kentucky Oaks favorite found the winners’ circle yet again. Saturday afternoon’s Santa Ysabel Stakes looked like a one-horse race on paper, but instead was a two-horse battle in the lane. Don Alberto Stable’s...

J Boys Echo's, Romans' feet are in New York, but mind are on Kentucky |

by TERESA GENARO For J Boys Echo, the wins have come in New York...but his trainer's heart is in Kentucky.   Wearing a light jacket in the freezing Aqueduct winner's circle, Dale Romans didn't need a lot to warm him up after his colt won Saturday's Gotham (G3) and 50 Kentucky Derby points...

Betting Fountain of Youth on $100 budget James Scully |

Saturday’s $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park has major Kentucky Derby implications and I’m siding with #8 Irish War Cry. The Graham Motion-trained Curlin colt returned a $10.80 win mutuel winning the February 4 Holy Bull (G2) as the third betting choice, but I’m thinking 8-5 or 9-5...

Digging into Super Saturday: the countdown to Dubai World Cup night Kellie Reilly |

Meydan’s Super Saturday program (starting at 7 a.m. EST) is a bit like the Roman god Janus. Facing in two directions simultaneously, it serves as the official conclusion of the Dubai Carnival season, and offers pointers to the Dubai World Cup (G1) three weeks hence. So Saturday’s seven prep races...

Thoughts on Saturday's Late Pick 5 at Gulfstream Vance Hanson |

A plethora of stakes, graded and otherwise (how about that Sand Springs, which has two Grade 1 winners), make Saturday's marathon 13-race Fountain of Youth Day card at Gulfstream Park attractive on a lot of fronts. The all-stakes Late Pick 5, especially, is an interesting wagering proposition. I'...

Five things to know for Gotham Kellie Reilly |

The New York road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) continues with Saturday’s $300,000 Gotham (G3) at Aqueduct, the penultimate in the series that concludes with the $750,000 Wood Memorial (G1) on April 8. Although the Gotham is contested at the same 1 1/16-mile journey over the inner track as the most...

Favorite looks too tough in Gotham, beatable in Fountain of Youth Vance Hanson |

This week's two Kentucky Derby preps, the $300,000 Gotham (G3) and $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2), appear to have a solid favorites in El Areeb and Irish War Cry. Thus, it could be chalky results for this week's $25,000 Kentucky Dream Bet. El Areeb is likely to be odds-on, while Irish War Cry...

Six things to know for Fountain of Youth Kellie Reilly |

Saturday’s $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) is the middle leg of Gulfstream Park’s graded preps on the road to the Kentucky Derby (G1), which begins with the February 4 Holy Bull (G2) and culminates in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) on April 1. The 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth offers Kentucky...



Derek Simon TwinSpires' horse racing author, handicapper, and podcast host, Derek Simon of Denver, Colo. offers his insightful, humorous and sometimes controversial take on the horse racing industry. He even publishes the ROI on the picks he gives out.
Frank Cotolo TwinSpires' harness racing expert, Frank Cotolo follows all of the big North American circuits throughout the year, providing the best value picks and latest news from the sulky.
Ed DeRosa The Director of Marketing for Bloodstock Research Information Services (BRIS) and a lifelong Thoroughbred racing enthusiast and astute handicapper, Ed joined Churchill Downs Inc. following nine years as a writer and editor with Thoroughbred Times.
Peter Thomas Fornat A writer and editor who has been following horse racing for fifteen years. Peter has written books for the Daily Racing Form Press; Crown; and Simon and Schuster; among other publishers, and regular features in The Horseplayer Magazine.
Jill Byrne A television racing analyst for Churchill Downs, Jill has earned acclaim and a loyal audience throughout Thoroughbred racing.